Sarah Lyall from The New York Times published an article yesterday covering the ongoing academic scandal at the University of North Carolina. In the piece, Lyall describes the bitterness directed toward Dan Kane (the journalist who has primarily investigated the story) by both the university and some of its fans. The writing itself is relatively tame but does make UNC seem pretty darn evasive. Here’s an excerpt:
While criticizing Kane’s reporting, North Carolina has also gone to great lengths to discredit the work of Willingham, the learning specialist, who resigned from the university last week, saying that the atmosphere had become too difficult. Willingham maintains that the university routinely admitted underprepared athletes with substandard reading levels and steered them into questionable classes.
Finding itself at a dead end, the N&O recently sued U.N.C., seeking records about athletes’ enrollment in the questionable classes dating back to the 1990s. The newspaper says it needs the information to determine if there is any link between the athletic department and what went on in the African studies department. The university says that releasing the records would violate student confidentiality.
Their point about confidentiality may have some merit, but overall the university seems strangely defensive. Meanwhile, we haven’t heard a peep from Mark Emmert or the NCAA in the three years since the story broke.
Fore more background on the scandal, read Lyall’s full article HERE